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Wildfire forces ETX Boy Scouts to evacuate camp

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Members of an East Texas Boy Scout troop on a trip to Colorado were ordered to evacuate their camp site due to wildfires burning in the area. 

The East Texas Area Council of The Boy Scouts of America released this statement on Thursday:

Members of East Texas Area Council Boy Scout Troop 369, chartered to Pollard Memorial United Methodist Church in Tyler, were participating in summer camp programs this week at Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch near Walsenburg, Colorado. The wildfires in the area resulted in the troop being evacuated near midnight last night to a Red Cross Shelter at Walsenburg High School. The 41 scouts and 5 scout leaders were only allowed to carry day packs, a change of clothes, and water bottles during the evacuation. They were moved by truck to the shelter and all are safe at this time. Troop gear, a leader’s personal vehicle, and personal camping equipment were left behind and presumed lost in the fire. The area is closed until the fire danger has been eliminated.

Chuck’s Travel of Tyler has dispatched buses and drivers who will arrive later this evening to transport the scouts and leaders back to Tyler. The entire East Texas Area Council Scouting family is glad that our scouts and leaders are safe and will be returning home later this week. Let me again stress that all scouts and leaders are safe, parents have been notified, and we are looking forward for their return to Tyler.

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